In 1998, Saskatchewan and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) agreed to the Provincial Nominee Program. To satisfy the needs of the provincial economy and labour market through immigration, the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), formally known as the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), was established.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) offers a set of immigration pathways, that allow foreign nationals to become permanent residents of Canada. The province runs a number of immigration streams broken down into different categories. We shall go into great detail on the streams and their routes in the blog.
Overview of Saskatchewan Immigration Programs
Candidates looking to immigrate to Saskatchewan may choose from four different categories: International Skilled Worker Category, Saskatchewan Experience Category, Entrepreneur and Farm Category, and International Graduate Entrepreneur Category.
International Skilled Worker Category
Skilled workers who are interested in working and living in Saskatchewan can apply for the International Skilled Worker Category. The stream mainly consists of four pathways;
- Tech Talent Pathway for skilled workers in one of 11 tech occupations.
- skilled workers having an employment offer with a job offer from a Saskatchewan employer.
- Occupations In Demand for skilled workers with experience and occupation
- Saskatchewan Express Entry for applicants in the IRCC Express Entry pool.
Note: Under the International Skilled Worker Category, Saskatchewan has an improved subcategory that is also known as Saskatchewan Express Entry.
Saskatchewan Experience Category
The Saskatchewan Experience Category consists of six pathways:
- Skilled Worker with Existing Work Permit
The category is for skilled workers who have been working in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months with a valid work permit.
- Semi-Skilled Agriculture Worker with Existing Permit
A semi-skilled worker who has worked for the same employer for over six months with a valid work permit, or who has worked at least six months in Saskatchewan, should be considered for the pathway. In addition, they must have a full-time job offer as a General Farm Worker or as a Nursery and Greenhouse Worker.
- Health Professionals
The pathway is for Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who have been employed in the province for at least six months.
- Hospitality Sector Project
For Saskatchewan employees who have worked there for at least six months in the fields of serving food and beverages, working at food counters, assisting in the kitchen, or doing housekeeping and cleaning duties.
- Long Haul Truck Driver Project
For employees who have worked for at least six months at a Saskatchewan-approved trucking company.
- College Students
For college graduates who have worked in Saskatchewan for at least 24 months and who attended a post-secondary institution anywhere in Canada.
Entrepreneur and Farm Category
The stream consists of two categories;
- Entrepreneur Sub-Category
This pathway is intended for those who want to invest in Saskatchewan by owning, managing, or partnering with a business in the province.
- Farm Owners and Operators Sub-Category
The opportunity is for experienced farmers with a large amount of capital looking to settle in Saskatchewan and invest in a farming operation.
International Graduate Entrepreneur Category
The International Graduate Entrepreneur Category is for international graduates of post-secondary institutions who wish to start a business in the province.
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program – How Does It Work?
Finding out which stream type and sub-category you would be eligible for is the first step in moving to Saskatchewan. A candidate for immigration may need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be scored in specific categories except for the base streams. The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program extends invitations to apply to the top scorers (SINP) only.
The Saskatchewan Express Entry system oversees applications for permanent residence in the enhanced sub-category and assigns each applicant a Comprehensive Ranking System score based on points (CRS). The top-scoring applicants are invited to submit applications for permanent residence. You immediately receive an additional 600 CRS points if you receive a nomination from an enhanced provincial program. Later, you will also receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.